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Cemetery headstones vandalized in Ninole, police seeking more information

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Cemetery headstones were vandalized sometime between March 27-29 at the Honohina Hongwanji Cemetery in Ninole. 

NINOLE, Hawaii (KITV4) - Police are currently investigating after cemetery headstones were vandalized sometime between March 27-29 at the Honohina Hongwanji Cemetery in Ninole.

Sometime between Sunday March 27, 2022 and Tuesday, March 29, 45 headstones were damaged at the Honohina Hongwanji Cemetery located about a half-mile from the temple on Old Mamalahoa Highway, (Highway 19), along the Hamakua Coast. Volunteer caretakers discovered the damage when they arrived to do maintenance on Tuesday. Many of the headstones and monuments in the cemetery date back to the early 1900s from the sugar plantation era.

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